CAB continually monitors local, regional, and state governments for any action or proposal that might impact commercial real estate.
The following issue areas are the most significant that we are currently working on:
CITY OF PORTLAND
Mayor Wheeler has convened five “action tables” to respond to challenges facing the city in returning to a higher level of economic activity in a post-pandemic world. The tables, which are being coordinated by former Mayor Sam Adams who was hired as a special assistant by Wheeler, include:
- Reputation Recovery & Rebranding: In an effort to counter the negative perception of Portland by news media, investors, and businesses nationally, this action table will focus on telling Portland’s story by conducting public opinion research and creating innovative marketing strategies. This action table is led by Travel Portland and the Portland Business Alliance. It also includes people from business districts and business organizations across the city. CAB’s government relations consultant, Kelly Ross, has been very active with the group and regularly attends its weekly meetings. The CAB Board approved making a $1,000 contribution to help fund the research that will be undertaken.
- Safety & Compassion: This action table will create business safety measures and solutions to reduce vandalism and destructive crime.
- Clean & Green: This table will support cleanup efforts across the city to improve Portland’s livability for everyone, focusing on improvement in six areas: litter clean-up, illegal dumping, graffiti removal, human waste removal, abandoned cars, and street cleaning.
- Business Success & Job Creation: This action table will help local businesses reopen safely by creating and implementing tools like rental assistance, online marketplaces, and expediting permits for safety-related projects that help businesses reopen. Peter Andrews of the Melvin Mark Companies is serving as chair of the table.
- Community Events & Activation: This action table will make Portland a hub of events and activities by engaging directly with arts, music, and events planning organizations. Members are working on finding creative and fun ways to activate spaces downtown and across the city.
Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Dan Ryan also brought to the City Council an ordinance to expedite permitting for new first-floor commercial security measures such as lighting and gates by waiving the requirement for design review. CAB submitted testimony in support of the ordinance and it received unanimous support from the Council.
If you are interested in more information about these topics, please reach out to the Commercial Association of Brokers or visit their website at https://orwacab.org/
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